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Russia to be represented by 3 teams at the Chess Olympiad 2010

Participants presentation for Khanty Mansiysk

By FIDE regulations the host country of the Chess Olympiad 2010, Russia, is entitled to two teams participants at the top team event of the year. However, the number of total participants turned out to be odd, thus Russia received the right to include a local team in the men section, making the total count to three, all with chances for medals.

Russia 1 – Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler and Vladimir Malakhov.

Russia 2 – Alexander Morozevich, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Alekseev and Ian Nepomniatchi

Russia “local” – Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergei Rublevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexei Pridorozhni and Nikolai Kabanov

Russia 1 women – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Tatiana Kosintseva, Natalia Pogonina and Alisa Galliamova

Russia 2 women- Valentina Gunina, Anastasia Savina, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Olga Girya and Alina Kashlinskaya

Here is the presentation of the male and female Russia 1 teams, as well as the top players from the other two teams and the female lineups for the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk 2010.

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Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik is born 25 June 1975. He was the Classical World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006, and the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007 and will be the top board of Russia 1 at the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk.

His notable tournaments include:

* 1990 Russian Championship, Kuibyshev (classical) I

* 1991 World Championship (U18), Guarapuava (classical) I

* 1992 Chalkidiki (classical) 7.5/11 I

* 1994 Overall result PCA Intel Grand Prix’94 I

* 1995 Dortmund (classical) 7/9 I

* 1995 Horgen (classical) 7/10 I-II

* 1995 Belgrade (classical) 8/11 I-II

* 1996 Monaco 16/22 I

* 1996 Dos Hermanas (classical) 6/9 I-II

* 1996 Dortmund (classical) 7/9 I-II

* 1997 Dos Hermanas (classical) 6/9 I-II

* 1997 Dortmund (classical) 6.5/9 I

* 1997 Tilburg (classical) 8/11 I-III

* 1998 Wijk aan Zee (classical) 8.5/13 I-II

* 1998 Dortmund (classical) 6/9 I-III

* 1998 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15/22 I

* 1999 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 14.5/22 I

* 2000 Linares (classical) 6/10 I-II

* 2000 Dortmund (classical) 6/9 I-II

* 2001 Match Kramnik vs. Leko (rapidplay) 7.0:5.0

* 2001 Match Botvinnik memorial Kramnik vs. Kasparov (classical) 2.0:2.0

* 2001 Match Botvinnik memorial Kramnik vs Kasparov (rapidplay) 3.0:3.0

* 2001 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15/22 I-II

* 2001 Match Kramnik vs. Anand (rapidplay) 5.0:5.0

* 2001 Dortmund (classical) 6.5/10 I-II

* 2002 Match Advanced Chess Kramnik vs. Anand (Leon) 3.5:2.5

* 2003 Linares (classical) 7.0/12 I-II

* 2003 Cap d’Agde (France)

* 2004 Handicap Simul (classical)

* 2004 Kramnik vs. National Team of Germany 2.5:1.5

* 2004 Linares (classical) 7.0/12 I

* 2004 Monaco (Overall result) 14.5/22 I-II

* 2006 Gold medal at Turin Olympiad with overall best performance (2847) 7/10

* 2006 Dortmund (classical) 4.5/7 I

* 2007 Monaco (blindfold and rapidplay) 15.5/22 I

* 2007 Dortmund (classical) 5/7 I

* 2007 Tal Memorial 6.5/9 I

* 2009 Dortmund 6.5/9 I

* 2009 Tal Memorial 6/9 I

* 2010 President’s Cup in Baku 5/7 I-III

Regarding his participation at World Chess Championships:

* PCA Quarterfinals, June 1994, New York, Kramnik-Gata Kamsky (1.5-4.5)

* FIDE Semifinals, August 1994 Sanghi Nagar, Kramnik-Boris Gelfand (3.5-4.5)

* Classical WCC Candidates Match, 1998, Cazorla, Kramnik-Alexei Shirov (3.5-5.5)

* FIDE WCC Knockout Quarterfinals, July 1999, Las Vegas, Kramnik-Michael Adams (2-4, including rapid playoff)

* Classical World Chess Championship 2000, London, Kramnik-Garry Kasparov (8.5-6.5)

* Classical World Chess Championship 2004, Brissago, Kramnik-Péter Lékó (7-7), Kramnik retains

* FIDE World Chess Championship 2006, Elista, Kramnik-Topalov (6-6, 2.5-1.5 rapid playoff), Kramnik unifies the title

* FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 Runner up, Mexico City, (loses the title to Anand, joint second Gelfand)

* World Chess Championship 2008, Bonn, Kramnik-Anand (4.5-6.5), Anand retains

More about the latest events of GM Kramnik at the Vladimir Kramnik news page.

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk is born October 31, 1983. In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000 he made it to the semi finals. In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004 he made it to the quarter finals, where he lost 3-1 to Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

He finished in the top 10 in the 2005 FIDE World Cup, which qualified him for the 2007 Candidates Tournament in May-June 2007. He won his matches against Vladimir Malakhov (+2-0=3) and Sergei Rublevsky (tied at +1-1=4, winning the rapid playoff +2-0=1), to advance to the eight-player FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 tournament. In that tournament he scored 5.5 out of 14, placing last in the eight-player field.

Along with being a top-level professional, Grischuk is also known as one of the best blitz chess players in the world, having once held the record for highest rating achieved on the Internet Chess Club. In 2006 he won the World Blitz Championship in Rishon Lezion, Israel with 10.5 points out of 15 games, winning 10 games.

Grischuk is the champion of Linares 2009, winning on tie-break over Vassily Ivanchuk because he had more wins.

More about Grischuk at the Alexander Grischuk news page with many replayable commented games.

Sergey Karjakin

Sergey Karjakin is born January 12, 1990. This is the first Chess Olympiad for Karjakin as a Russian representative, after he changed federations.

Karjakin learned to play chess when he was five years old and became an IM at age eleven and eleven months. In 2001, he won the World Chess U12 championship. He first attracted attention in January 2002, when he was the official second of fellow Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov during the final of the 2002 FIDE World championship, though Karjakin had only just turned twelve at the time. By scoring GM norms at the Aeroflot tournament in Moscow later that month, the Alushta tournament in May 2002 and the international tournament in Sudak in August 2002, he surpassed Bu Xiangzhi to become the youngest grandmaster in the history of chess at the age of twelve years and exactly seven months—a record that still stands.

At age fourteen he defeated the reigning world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, during the 2004 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, in a blitz game (ten minutes for the entire game, plus five seconds per move). Also in 2004, Karjakin was the only human to win against a computer in the Man vs Machine World Team Championship in Bilbao, Spain, where he was the youngest and lowest rated player. He won against the computer program Deep Junior. Later that year Karjakin finished second to Boris Gelfand at the Pamplona, Navarra tournament, held from December 20 to December 29.

Karjakin entered the world’s top 100 in the April 2005 FIDE list. During the Chess World Cup 2007, which served as a qualification tournament for the World Chess Championship 2009, Karjakin reached the semi-finals, in which he lost to Alexei Shirov. On the January 2008 FIDE rating list, published just before Karjakin’s eighteenth birthday, he passed for the first time the 2700 mark, often seen as the line that separates “elite” players from other grandmasters, with a new rating of 2732 and a world rank of 13.

In July 2008 Karjakin played a ten game rapid chess match against GM Nigel Short and won convincingly with a score of 7.5-2.5. In February 2009 he won the A group of the Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (category XIX) with a score of 8/13.

Later he also won the ACP World Rapid Cup which was conducted from 27 May to 29 May 2010. He defeated Dmitry Jakovenko in the final game by 4-3.

Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler is born June 17, 1976. He is five-time Russian champion (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003. 2008). He placed shared second (together with Vishwanathan Anand) in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2005 with 8.5 points out of 14 games, finishing 1.5 points behind the winner, Veselin Topalov. In the World Chess Championship 2007, he placed 5th among the eight players. In 2006 he went second behind Alexander Grischuk at the World Blitz Championship in Rishon Lezion, Israel, with 10.5 points out of 15 games. He also finished tied for first with Vladimir Kramnik at the Dortmund 2006.

Vladimir Malakhov

Vladimir Malakhov is born November 27, 1980. In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, Malakhov made it to the second round. Malakhov finished in the top 10 in the Chess World Cup 2005, which qualified him for the Candidates for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007, being played in May-June 2007. He was eliminated in the first round, losing his match to Alexander Grischuk 3.5-1.5. He reached the semi-final stage of the Chess World Cup 2009. He was a member of the gold-medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Chess Championship 2009 in Bursa.

Alexander Morozevich

Alexander Morozevich

Alexander Morozevich is born July 18, 1977. He will be the top board of the Russia 2 team at the Chess Olympiad at Khanty Mansiysk. Morozevich had great successes in team competitions: in the Chess Olympiad he won the gold medal with the Russian team 3 times (1998, 2000, 2002), one silver medal (2004) and a bronze medal (1994). He also won the gold medal in the World Team Championships championships in 2005 in which he beat the member of the Chinese team in the last round in a must win situation. And finally he also won 2 gold medals in the European Team Championships (2003 and 2007). His team mates for Chess Olympiad 2010 will be Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Alekseev and Ian Nepomniatchi.

More news about Morozevich

Dmitry Jakovenko

Dmitry Jakovenko is born in 1983. He will be the first board of the Russian Ugra team for the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk. In the July 2009 FIDE ratings, Jakovenko overtook Vladimir Kramnik as the number one Russian chess player. However, Kramnik regained the position in September, and thus kept the spot in the first Russian team. By attracting Jakovenko from team 1 to team Ugra, the local organizers show their serious ambitions for medals. His team mates for the Chess Olympiad 2010 will be Sergei Rublevsky, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexei Pridorozhni and Nikolai Kabanov

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Alexandra Kosteniuk

World Chess Champion and Chessdom.com commentator Alexandra Kosteniuk will be the top board of the Russia 1 women team for the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansyisk. She had early success as in 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women’s Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became European women’s champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women’s Championship, held in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 =4 -0. In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 (Fischer random) women’s world champion after beating Germany’s top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5-2.5. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beating Kateryna Lahno 2.5-1.5. However, her top success so far has been to win the Women’s World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2.5-1.5.

In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 11th on the April 2009 FIDE women’s Elo rating list with a rating of 2516.

Kosteniuk’s mottos have been “chess is cool” and “beauty and intelligence can go together”. With these as a backdrop, Kosteniuk has been promoting chess in the capacity of a fashion model and ambassador of chess in order to spark interest in the game around the world.

She is due to defend her title in the Women’s World Chess Championship, 2010.

At the Olympiad her team mates will be Nadezhda Kosintseva, Tatiana Kosintseva, Natalia Pogonina and the Russian Champion Alisa Galliamova.

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina will be the top board of the Russia 2 women team for the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansyisk. She is the bronze medalist from the Russian individual chess championships 2009. She is bronze medalist U18 from the World Youth Chess Championship 2007 Kemer/Antalya (Turkey), bronze medalist from 2003 Halkidiki (Greece) World Youth Chess Championship, and has won multiple local age categories events.

Valentina Gunina will be accompanied by the rest of the most talented players of Russia – Anastasia Savina, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Olga Girya and the youngest WGM Alina Kashlinskaya

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